Does your community group or environmental project need funding to get a new project off the ground in Birmingham? If so, the Veolia EnviroGrant scheme could help to get things up and running.
The EnviroGrant scheme, which is open for applications until 31 May, helps local groups, societies and charities improve their environment and/or community with grants of up to £1,000.
Stechford Village Neighbourhood Forum, who were awarded a grant in 2017, used their funding to transform an area of unloved land by installing raised beds in order to grow herbs and vegetables, encouraging people within the community to tend, grow and share fresh produce.
Carole O'Boyle, Committee member, Stechford in Bloom, said "I would sincerely like to thank Veolia for the funds they provided, enabling us to buld the raised beds at the back of All Saints Church. This gave a real feel good factor to the community and transformed an overgrown wilderness into a worthwhile and much appreciated area which we are sur will go on for many years."
The grant has allowed the group to bring the community together, support local residents and also supply food to users of the Food Bank.
Toby Terlet, General Manager for Veolia in Birmingham, said "It's wonderful to see what a difference the grants make to groups and projects that strive to make Birmingham a better place to live and visit. Applications close at the end of May, and I encourage any not-for-profit organisation in need of funding to apply.
"The EnviroGrant scheme helps local groups in Birmingham improve community areas, develop local facilities, provide outdoor education spaces for children, and even launch wildlife projects. By providing new facilities, or improving existing spaces, projects awarded a grant can leave a lasting legacy by improving the quality of life for the local community."
To apply for EnviroGrant funding, submit your application by 31 May 2018. For more information and to apply, visit www.veolia.co.uk/birmingham/community